TIF Illumination recap

We had a really great conversation on TIFs and where the money is going in Hermosa earlier this month with The TIF Illumination Project.

There is over $10 million trapped in TIFs in Hermosa that could be going to improving our parks, schools and streets TODAY.

Over the past 30 years some $76 million has been spent on TIF related projects in or near Hermosa, including $26.5 million on the Brickyard Mall and over $6 million on building two Home Depots in, or near, Hermosa.

Educate yourself and then ask the question.... are your tax dollars being spent in an ideal way?

Below is the presentation deck and the podcast 



Hermosa Halloween: Big Success!

Hermosa Halloween was a big success! The weather was a balmy 72 degrees. Perfect weather for trick-or-treating and family friendly fun!

This event included face painting, moon bounce, arts and crafts, popcorn, entertainment, and a special cameo appearance by Pikachu. On Armitage and Kostner there were free flu shots for children and adults alike. We also held participatory budgeting (PB) voting for the 35th Ward at the event. Ballot items for PB in the 35th ward in Hermosa include: 

Vote ballot item #1

  • Resurface alleys: 2200 N. Keeler/ 2200 N. Tripp 

  • Replace concrete alley aprons: W. Bloomingdale at N. Tripp 

  • Replace curbs & gutters: the intersection of Cortland at Keystone, and along stretches of 2200 N. Keeler

Vote ballot item #4

  • New LED lighting on Karlov from Armitage to Fullerton 

  • New LED lighting on Tripp from Palmer to Belden

This event was sponsored by 35th Ward Alderman Carlos Rosa, the Hermosa Neighborhood Association, State Senator Omar Aquino, and En Las Tablas Performing Arts

36th Ward Participatory Budgeting Results Are In!

The following Hermosa participatory budgeting projects will get funded in the 36th Ward! Thank you to Jorge Felix for primarily leading HNA's efforts in the 36th ward. These infrastructure improvements will help aid in a hopeful reduction of accidents on Kostner Avenue as well as guiding heavy- and medium duty trucks from nearby industrial zones safely to arterial roads without impacting residential streets. Additionally, some $550,000 has been earmarked by voters to go to fixing streets throughout the ward, some of which will likely be located in Hermosa. 

This includes:

  • Roundabout at Kilbourn and Dickens
  • Flashing beacon stop signs along Kostner between Courtland and Fullerton
  • A cul-de-sac at Kilbourn and Kolmar

31st Ward Participatory Budgeting Results Are In!

31st Ward Participatory Budgeting (PB) cycle 2 is in the books. With 230 votes the following items won. Pigeon screening along viaducts on Kenton, and seed money for a dog park at Ken-Well Park were among the projects that won in Hermosa. There could also be road- and street light- projects located within the community, too.